De la Renta joins Clintons and pantsuit in Ark.
An Oscar de la Renta pantsuit, center, worn by Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, is displayed next to other creations by the designer at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. The "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon" exhibit is on display at the Clinton library until Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It's not quite "Project Pantsuit," but it's not far off.
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday honored fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, the man responsible for a teal, silk pantsuit she wore when she was sworn in as a senator.
The two shared the stage together last month in New York when Clinton, a self-professed pantsuit aficionado, presented de la Renta with the Council of Fashion Designers of America's highest honor and joked about a fictional "Project Runway" spinoff, "Project Pantsuit."
They met again Monday evening in Little Rock, where some of de la Renta's work — including the teal pantsuit — is on display at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta looks at a crowd gathered in his honor at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, thanked de la Renta for his work and his friendship as they feted him and his temporary exhibit called "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon," which opened in May and runs through Dec. 1.
"I was not asked to open this relatively brief ceremony because I am the most expert person on this stage in the field of high fashion," the former president said in the company of de la Renta and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.
Wintour, meanwhile, praised de la Renta and his work with first ladies and Clinton for her work over the years, most recently as secretary of state.